I have been waiting a long time for modern cinema to produce a good slasher film and I’ve been waiting perhaps even longer for a good Halloween film. This past Friday that wait was finally over because Michael Myers came home and it was…. well here’s my review. Those who know the deal will know I try to keep major spoilers to the minimum but you have been warned there may be some….
First of all the premise of this film is somewhat groundbreaking and brave. Ignoring previous timelines and installments of such a big time franchise takes some guts and maybe that was the secret to all of this; starting over…
They do say its never too late to start over and Halloween proves that. There are at least 2 separate timelines for Halloween; the Rob Zombie reboot that I never watched and the original canon story line ending with Halloween Resurrection; this included H20 and the ones that lay before it. So its a bit of a mess.
The 2018 Halloween film ignores everything apart from the first film. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis); the original final girl is back and probably better than ever. We see her take an emotion fueled opportunity to revisit a character that is almost as iconic as her other on screen counterpart Michael Myers and you guessed it; he gets out.
This film opens right away with tension. We see Myers who has been incarcerated for the past 40 years visited by some typical journalist types. One of them produces the mask; and tries to goad Michael into speaking; then the opening credits roll in true original Halloween style; it’s retro and sentimental all at once with that ever so familiar and legendary theme playing.
Just what would happen if Michael Myers got out? Well that’s the question this film spends answering and in all honesty its brutally violent. As Dr Loomis said “I met this… six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and… the blackest eyes – the Devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.”
And I can happily say Michael Myers is evil with the kill count higher than any decent slasher film I have seen. He literally rampages simply because he was given the opportunity to. I have this feeling he was just waiting all this time to get out and do what he does.
This wasn’t just an eventual face off between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers; we see Strode has become estranged to her daughter (Judy Greer) and granddaughter (Andi Matichak) who is at high school and her story becomes central. There are several characters in this film and most of which get the chop quite literally, something which makes it rather unique and somewhat unexpected. This film follows the return of pure evil and doesn’t disappoint in that department.
In fact I found very little wrong with the whole movie, the pacing, the setting, the cinematography and even effects were all top notch. This is the Halloween we have all been waiting a very long time to see. Much of it pays homage to the original and why not, that’s what a lot of us came to see. The music is just as good as the first and well Michael Myers is badder than ever.
For those who enjoy horror and of course the slasher; Halloween stands up with the best and may even surpass the original. I have been a huge fan of Halloween from a young age, the namesake of the town in which my first book is set was named in part after Haddonfield.